Leftover People: A Journey Through Post-Rock and
is the latest non-fiction work from rock critic Brent
Jensen. It recounts in graphic detail the surreal events that take place during a
promotional book tour of the southeastern United States in support of
his rock and roll memoir No Sleep 'Til Sudbury. As Jensen comes into
personal contact with a colorful
of intensely dedicated 80s hard rock and metal fans that make up his
readership over the course of the tour, he is forced to consider the
deeper implications of his own fandom for the music of his youth through
that of his readers. Leftover People balances tales of the tour’s hazy
escapades from city to city against a darker subtext illuminating the
eternal struggle between the head and the heart, and of living in the
moment versus living in the past.
"Through his latest book Leftover People, author Brent Jensen has provided us with a modern-day version of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas - only cooler." -Christopher Long, author of A Shot of Poison and Shout It Out Loud
"Hopeful and insightful, and Jensen is a fine enough writer to pull it off. It's sort of magic, really. You have to read it to see." -J.M. Blaine, The Weeklings music editor and author of Midnight, Jesus & Me
This isn't your typical rock book. Some excerpts from No Sleep 'Til Sudbury:
On Aerosmith - "There is Old Aerosmith, and there is New Aerosmith. Old Aerosmith is that slutty Jezebel that would take you upstairs to deliver the groceries at the end of a sloppy late-night boozefest. New Aerosmith was the beautiful prom queen with great-smelling hair you were proud to bring home to Mom."
On Motley Crue’s Shout at the Devil album - "The best thing about being young is that you’re afforded the liberty of being stupid, and the best thing about Shout at the Devil is that it’s a stupid record for stupid young people."
On the difference between hard rock and heavy metal - "Heavy metal is often made a malleable concept beyond its specific musical constitutions. Sammy Hagar proved this in 1979 by naming a song “Heavy Metal” that was really no heavier than anything in Foreigner’s catalogue."
On Whitesnake - "We used to play a drinking game with Whitesnake’s Slide It In cassette that involved taking a shot every time we heard David Coverdale sing the word ‘love’. After side one finished it would be a challenge to get up and turn the tape over to do the other side."
On Def Leppard - "They were at their ‘heaviest’ on their first two records and maybe on some parts of Pyromania, but even during this period they were essentially an AC/DC that was okay for girls to listen to. And I don’t mean that detrimentally."